On Tennis and Reason

Neil Godfrey at Vridar reminds us of Dennett’s metaphor on playing tennis without a net and in so doing, he reminds us of one of Dennett’s most quotable quotations,

Before you appeal to faith when reason has backed you into a corner, think about whether you really want to abandon reason when reason is on your side. [Darwin’s Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life]

Please read Neil’s post. It’s a good summary of a very basic, but too often ignored, principle of debate.